The first order of business, that started back in November actually, was raised beds. Cody found an excellent deal on cedar 2x4s and 2x6s, so he bought a huge bundle (a dollar a board!! can you believe it?). Once we were able to get the wood here, he started building the beds. The garden beds sat built and empty under the snow all winter.
|Our garden, as seen through the Master Bathroom window... hence the screen and poor image quality. :)|
He also built narrower raised beds to go along the side yard fences and did a great job designing them... I think they're beautiful!
After the beds were built, Cody ordered topsoil. We discovered while building exactly what our lot is made up of: Rocks. Rocks surrounded by clay. We knew that growing anything was going to take some major soil amendment, so we decided that the raised beds filled with good topsoil was going to be the way to go. We found a local place that had a good price on soil, and ordered a dumptruck full--15 cubic yards. That's a LOT of wheelbarrows full! Thankfully, we had a couple of friends come help us haul the dirt and fill the raised beds. We had enough soil to add to our flower beds, and I'm relieved to announce that we even were able to fix the grading problems against the house, so now water should run away from the house instead of pooling by the foundation--hooray!
We also added some compost and vermiculite to the soil so that we would have a really great base in which to grow our goodies. Today we bought our earliest and hardiest growers: peas, carrots, lettuce, radishes, and spinach and put them in the ground. We also purchased an Easter gift for us: Raspberry canes! We found a friend giving away a bunch of strawberry starts for another of our raised beds. We're excited about the garden and hope to have a very successful year! It's been several years since we could grow a garden, and this year is particularly exciting because we are investing in our yard for years to come instead of just babysitting someone else's property. We've both been more willing to make the big investments like topsoil, vermiculite, and fertilizers. We've probably way over spent and over thought this, but we're having a blast and that's what it's really all about. :)